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Dream Job: Heinz Mariacher Builds Your Rock Shoes

Jun. 4th 2014

Heinz Mariacher’s biggest impact on climbing might be on climbers’ feet—he’s the wizard behind many groundbreaking climbing shoe designs, and likely the only shoe designer most climbers know by name. But his beginnings in shoe design sprang from an intense passion for the sport, and the hard, bold routes he has climbed on the foreboding limestone peaks of Italy’s Dolomites.

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City of Rocks: Dirt-Bagging as the Great Equalizer

Aug. 12th 2013
Photo Courtesy: David Crothers

Just after the recent Outdoor Retailer show, a number of SCARPA team members escaped the Salt Lake City heat by driving three hours north to southern Idaho’s City of Rocks with a group of climbing media and industry friends. Here, SCARPA ambassador Shingo Ohkawa recounts high points of the trip:

Under the clearest night sky I’d ever seen at the City of Rocks, I sat by the fire with Heinz Mariacher, listening as he described the remarkable lives of the nomadic Tuareg people who inhabit the arid lands of southern Algeria where the maestro now devotes much of his time.

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SCARPA’s new Boostic rock shoe for all-around high-end climbing

Jun. 12th 2012

It’s good to be an all-arounder. It gives us options —opportunities to better explore our craft. It shows a willingness to adapt, to embrace the unknown, and it keeps us balanced. Legendary climbing shoe designer Heinz Mariacher knows this, which is why he’s made the new Boostic, SCARPA’s latest high-end, do-it-all masterpiece.

The Boostic strives for optimum performance balanced with good comfort, allowing you to climb at your limit with confidence whether bouldering, hard sport climbing or sending personal test pieces.

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Heinz Mariacher and Active Randing in SCARPA rock shoes

Jul. 22nd 2011

“The concept is as easy as nailing a piece of rubber to a barn door,” says Heinz Mariacher, SCARPA’s storied shoe designing prophet, or – more formally – climbing line manager.

But don’t let his casual theorizing about what he calls ‘Active Randing’ fool you. There’s more going on than Mariacher would lead you to believe. After all, the guy’s had a one-track focus on climbing shoes for well over three decades.

So what is Active Randing? And what difference does it make in SCARPA’s rock shoes?

Said (somewhat) simply, Mariacher’s concept of Active Randing employs rubber rands that wrap around the shoe in different configurations (for different types of climbing), designed to support climbers’ feet in the movements critical to climbing at top levels. These active rands are tensioned in ways that engage and disengage to support the foot, storing and re-releasing energy. They dynamically adapt to the foot while it loads and unloads body weight, effectively storing and releasing power—similar to the way a barn door slams shut with a rubber tether.

Visually, you can see it SCARPA’s rock shoes. If you look at, say, a Vapor V or an Instinct, the shoes have structure that makes them look like there’s a foot in them when there isn’t. Active rands give the shoe that structure. They also do a lot more that you can’t see, but you can feel …

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Rock rubber, a SCARPA shoe (p)review…

Jul. 5th 2011
10 Years ago, the sticky-ness of rubber was the first and foremost defining characteristic of ‘the best’ climbing shoes. Today, with so many manufacturers lauding their own style of rubber the real crux for climbers and shoe selection is now part of the bigger conversation around performance and comfort.

SCARPA takes a leading role in that conversation, working with long-time rubber partner Vibram and veteran rock shoe innovator Heinz Mariacher to develop the best rubber and  maximizing each technology for each specific shoe.

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Urban Climber gives Editor’s Choice to SCARPA Instinct Slipper

Mar. 31st 2011

As winter transitions to spring here in the Colorado front range, and thoughts turn more and more to the rock, we were excited here at SCARPA to find out this week that one of the more unique rock shoes in our collection, the Instinct S, received an Editor’s Choice from Urban Climber Magazine. The award is outlined in its 2011 spring gear guide, which just hit the streets.

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Climbing Magazine gives Editor’s Choice Award to SCARPA Instinct

Jul. 14th 2010

Since rock shoe master Heinz Mariacher took over designing SCARPA’s climbing line a little over three years ago, the brand has pulled down nine Editor’s Choice awards or five-star reviews for seven of its Mariacher-designed shoes.

Add another to the list: SCARPA’s new Instinct, a downturned performance all-arounder, this week earned an Editor’s Choice Award from Climbing Magazine.

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